R 021341Z NOV 15
FM CNO WASHINGTON DC
MSGID/GENADMIN/CNO WASHINGTON DC/N00/NOV//
SUBJ/OPNAV REALIGNMENT: ESTABLISHMENT OF THE UNMANNED WARFARE SYSTEMS
DIRECTORATE (OPNAV N99)//
Rmks/1. To improve our ability to rapidly integrate unmanned warfare systems
into the Fleet, Navy Headquarters staff is establishing the Unmanned Warfare
Systems directorate (N99). This new resource sponsor will: a) identify,
develop, and field unmanned technologies and systems that sustain and advance
our warfighting capabilities; b) accelerate the development of unmanned
prototypes and Fleet experimentation; c) improve our ability to develop new
operational concepts that incorporate unmanned technologies into our
warfighting capabilities; d) align our unmanned investment strategy to
deliver future naval warfighting capabilities; and e) independently assess
Navy's future unmanned warfighting capabilities.
2. This staff realignment is informed by two previous studies that analyzed
organizational models to focus OPNAV on what capabilities the Fleet needs to
be effective, as well as improve the accountability for resourcing decisions
at Echelon I. The studies concluded that consolidation of procurement,
manpower, training, and readiness resources under accountable resource
sponsors would incentivize effective decision-making and better align OPNAV
to the Navy's warfighting and readiness needs. The creation of OPNAV N99
directly and most effectively addresses the conclusions and recommendations
of these studies with respect to unmanned systems.
3. The Director, Unmanned Warfare Systems (N99) will assume the
responsibility for the rapid development and integration of unmanned warfare
systems across the portfolios currently resourced by the Directors of
Expeditionary Warfare (N95), Surface Warfare (N96), Undersea Warfare (N97),
Air Warfare (N98), and the Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information
Dominance and Director of Naval Intelligence (N2/N6). N99 will have the
authority and responsibility of taking promising, nascent unmanned concepts
and systems (pre-milestone 'B'), assessing their warfighting application,
guiding them through the initial acquisition process, and passing them to the
appropriate resource sponsors for continued management. RADM Robert Girrier
assumes the duty as Director, N99, upon its establishment on 2 November 2015.
4. In terms of resources, this realignment will be zero-sum to Navy.
5. The N99 stand up is commensurate with the establishment of the Deputy
Under Secretary of the Navy for Unmanned Systems and to inform our fiscal
year 2018 (FY18) program objective memorandum (POM) decisions.
6. Released by ADM J. M. Richardson, Chief of Naval Operations.//